I sat in a room of Ayatollahs, pastors, diplomats, and professors –primarily Iranians, but also some from the States – about 30 of us in total. The Iranian Muslim two seats down from me made an unexpected and startling statement. He said, “We say religion is about peace. Islam means peace. Jesus was to have brought peace – every religion says it’s about peace, but religion by nature is not peaceful but violent.” Immediately it went from an inter-faith discussion of faith and violence to an intra-faith discussion among the Muslims. He was being challenged, but he pushed back. For about 45 minutes they spoke in Farsi and we couldn’t understand what was being said. The longer I reflected on what he said, I began to think he was right. Read more
For the past year NorthWood Church has been blessed by spoken word prose from Jill King. It’s new to the NorthWood worship scene, but it’s been powerful. It has reinforced all we teach and practice, and it’s from one of our own Millennials. Since hearing her, I’ve started googling “spoken word” and listening to various artists, styles, and messages. It’s so cool how each generation discovers new art forms and new forms of self-expression.
More than any generation so far in the US, this generation that Zogby and others are now calling the “first globals” have a totally different worldview than those who have preceded them. I think it’s more healthy and even more accurate to the world that we live in today. I often get sad thinking of how my generation and the one below it are defining the world and faith in a century and world that no longer is. This generation will do more to “put the world back together” than any generation ever. I know that some would say “no way” what about WWII and the 50s. To put the world back together in the 50s was merely the US industrial complex going global, and imports and exports so the American dream could be possessed by all. Migration, climate change, globalization, tribalism, economies of scale, technology, travel, communication, and connectivity have made this a truly “glocal” world that has never existed like this before . . . so how do these new Millinneals think? This CD will give you strong indications on that! Read more